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Rise of the Champion Nation

Heavyweight Dub Champion

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Album Review

Rise of the Champion Nation is music of its early 21st century era, in that it's not just difficult to pin it down to a style, but also to attribute the work to specific performers. Resurrector & Patch are credited with production, writing, and performance, with additional contributions in all those categories by Totter Todd, and scratches by DJ i11 Naughty. They might be at the heart of this booming, sometimes dub-reggae-flavored hip-hop, but a whole lot of others contribute vocals and lyrics to the 15 tricks, KRS-One being the most celebrated of the lot. A manifesto of sorts titled "The Liberation Process" in the packaging seems to announce that this is an endeavor devoted to freedom and expression. That could be, but for such lofty intentions, the mood is pretty glum. Criss-crossing electronic bleeps, chattering beats, and low pulsations are at the core of the sound. These project a rather barren landscape for the vocalists to poetically, if largely abstractly, expound upon grinding sociocultural frustrations to be overcome and transcended. There's enough variety in the modulations and vocalizations to sustain interest for those who get into such creations on a purely sonic level, but at over 71 minutes, it's difficult to keep involved in whatever thread the confluence of forces might be trying to construct. Lady K's soulful, shiveringly spiritual vocals on "Trouble" add some welcome warmth, while A.P.O.S.T.L.E.'s rap on "Warrior Divination Three" is the most reggae-like contribution to the effort.

Customer Reviews

"Prepare for the Coming of the Last Champion" - KRS ONE

This album is drenched in code from beginning to end about the transformation of consciousness and the awakening of the matrix mind. It is about conquering fear and manipulation through the development of the Warrior within. It is as much like news, or another “Survival Guide” as it is what would normally be considered an album release by a band of Earthlings. The journey through this album is perhaps only comparable to a Shaman’s vision quest: the listener is lead through aspects of conquering awareness, spiritual cleansing through various battles with industry, preconception, infiltrated perception and the eventual arrival at the third Warrior Divination and portal to the Promised Land. The music on this album is masked in a kind of hip hop-ragga-electronica fusion, but behind the mask are primal roots in a foundation of tribal rites or voodoo ritual.

Fresh Find!

Came into this album because I saw there were a couple of tracks with the mighty KRS ONE. I hadn't heard of Heavyweight before and really wasn't sure what to expect with the "dub" reference but, I am a very happy that I took the plunge! This album is totally unique -heavy heavy beats shrouded in deep, dark, and at times super funky electronic soundscapes, and some of the dopest lyrics and vocal performances from KRS and Killah Priest. Heavyweight dub I got ya!

Sonic Heat.

Another amazing record from the Champion. Rich and textured production carries throughout the album and conveys a very cohesive and complete concept. Solid and heavy soundscapes and walls of sound pulse for the entirety, but with enough variety to keep things interesting and differentiate between tracks. These guys have a great ability to layer a lot of sound, but still keep things clear and simple. HWDC live performances are an amazing experience, and this album does a good job of translating that power into the studio. Great album, check it out, and see these guys live next time they are in your town.

Rise of the Champion Nation, Heavyweight Dub Champion
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